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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentImmigration · 2 months ago

Does US citizenship transfer to the adopted children of a US-born person who adopts children while living in another country?

e.g. Bob was born in the US. He moves to Europe and adopts a child. Will that child inherit Bob's US citizenship?

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  • 2 months ago
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    Only if the child's adoptive parent is in the US military can the requirement for the child to enter the USA to naturalize be avoided. 

    https://www.uscis.gov/adoption/bringing-your-inter...

    Realize that if US citizenship though adoption was automatic with no requirement to travel to the USA then citizenship fraud through adoption would be epidemic. 

    It is like the common but incorrect belief that if one is born aboard a US flagged aircraft or ship above or in international waters one obtains US citizenship.  If that were true then fleets of US flagged ships would leave ports like Accra and Lagos every day loaded with pregnant women enroute to international waters to have their children. 

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  • 2 months ago

    Not automatically.  It would have to be applied for.

    • W.T. Door
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      2 months agoReport

      The child has to go to the USA with or to meet their adopted parents to obtain US citizenship. 

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  • Pearl
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    2 months ago

    it might, i would ask immigration this question

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  • Edwena
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    2 months ago

    Adoption of a child under 16 by a US citizen is automatic US citizenship. It is by the judge's ruling and skips the immigration process entirely. There may be some requirement about residing in the USA.

    • W.T. Door
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      2 months agoReport

      They have to travel to the USA. 

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